Francesca Lanzavecchia is an Italian born designer who is now one half of Lanzavecchia + Wai, a creative collaboration with her and Hunn Wai. Prior to that, the designer created an interesting project entitled Proaesthetics, which contains Orthosis, Canes & Crutches, and Back Braces. Meant to explore the relationship of user and producer of these devices for the disabled, each piece is a way to open up discussion and to learn to cope with “disability, illness, and human frailty.” The pieces are thought provoking, and most definitely, conversation starters.


Hooky – hooks allow necessities to be within reach


Pronto – cradles your phone, perfect for our modern dependencies


Splintool – no words necessary!


Little Black – perfect complement to the little black dress


Bone – bone-shaped cane


Exo-Hip – a replacement hip joint repurposed as a walking aid


Protraction – crutches worn like a sleeve and made to look like an extension of user’s arm


Tea-Time – a cane / table


Polly – brace for a young girl where she can store her favorite items


Lingerie – brace outfitted with a lacy pattern to help with inhibitions


Corset – combination of a traditional corset but imprinted onto material with leather accents


Platform – gentleman’s brace that holds all his accessories